When I say decipher the music, I mean, decode it…
Yes we’ve had songs like Soulja Boy, Poker Face, and Bubble Butt. We also had Baby Got Back, Dirrty, and The Bad Touch (by the Bloodhound Gang…you remember that one). What is it about music, that drives a separation between our generations? Should there even be a wedge between us on this subject? I dunno… let’s see!
In my experience, every decade of music for the past 30 years, has been a series of tributes to past artists who have ‘paved the way’ from, let’s say, the 50’s (and a bit before that) to the present. I know this because, listening to the lyrics of some songs today, can sound like deja vu. When you are listening to a song, you are hearing the souls of the people singing it. No matter what the beat may be, the artist is always introducing you into somebody’s world, for a reason.
The 3 things that I want to bring attention to in current music is:
- Music, and our ability to listen to different genres.
- The age gap in our melodies.
- Recognition of spiritual warfare in a song.
1- Sometimes we have to look at music as, life developing from a single cell organism. It can evolve all it wants, but we cannot forget that there is a root. Starting from the days of using natural resources to create instruments like, the Kalimba, Balafon, or the Djembe Drum, to the rebellious sounds of Mozart, Louis Armstrong, B.B. King, Bob Marley, and Jimmy H… Music has had one job. To inform us, and bring us together. I know what you guys are thinking. “We had artists like Nina! Now we have Beyonce?” or “We had Ms. Simon, and now we have Ms. Goulding? How did it get like this?” This does not mean that Beyonce and Ellie, are not trying to do their job. In fact, a lot of people choose not to listen to certain artists, due to appearance and influence; which says something about the way we govern ourselves (or Our Self). You kind of want to diversify your music library, to see where we meet up. Same goes for the music with no words, which still moves our soul (like classical, world, or heavy metal). When Serj of System of a Down says, “When you lose small mind, you free your life.” I get him. When Peaches & Herb say “Solid as a Rock!” I feel them now. If Ellie wants to tell me “we don’t have to worry about nothing, cause we got the fire, and we burning one hell of a something.” Then I’m gonna let it burn! Lol.
2- This brings me to the age gap… As I said before, everything has a root. As generations raise more generations, and so on, it is important for us to teach our children about music. Not necessarily to curb their listening decisions, but to remind them that music is a way of expressing, while also keeping calm. A way of boosting confidence, and also keeping humble. The most influential component about music that is popular to us right now, is that it helps us conquer our everyday lives in the world’s system. I know you guys notice that, don’t lie to me! Haha. Like the teens present, we had many different styles to go with our music, that have made us the underdogs that we are today. So even though, it may not seem like they’re getting the proper dose of consciousness, they are. It is only that, music has had to put on many layers of candy coating (or code-ing), so it can speak to them and us, through our consciousness. I actually learned how to do this in high school, but they may not teach this anymore. For instance, the 00’s were a bevy of love songs, that I now overstand, having gone through the experiences. The conscious young person of today will see, and understand the correlation between past and present music. If they do not, give them the proper information, and they will be back on track! Bridge the gap..
3- How easy is it to tell when the artist is giving you a heads up, about something detrimental happening in society? He/She will give you an amazing sound/beat that can help you feel what they’re saying, even if they can’t say it all. They will run it by a small portion of the public first, of whom are male & female, and correspond to different cultural backgrounds. As well, in most cases, they will pick a trending or cult classic short to remind you of how much art really imitates life. Popular music, usually has 3 kinds of sounds. A war sound, a love sound, and a unity sound (all expressing unity of course). Now I will present 3 songs that need to be decoded spiritually..
I chose Knytro’s Capone as a war song, because rap music is usually given a bad rep. Yes it may be loud, and a tad vulgar, but not every ‘b*tch’ is a female; nor is every ‘n*gga’ a black male. This begs the question, who are they talking about? This is why rap plays a big part in decoding astral messages. Knytro is basically saying that we’ve been through it, you’ve been through it (or are about to go through it), and now you fit in with us. Please note that it may be difficult to find the lyrics to this song, so listen closely.
For our love music, I chose an 00’s pop favorite, Ashley Simpson’s Pieces of Me. The radio played this song a countless number of times, so that we can all get sick of it, and completely miss the point of the song (that’s what they do). Something as simple as this little pop diddy, can be misconstrued for lounge music. She’s actually saying something here. She speaks for females who have found their love, and want to be secure in their relationship. Not comfortable, but secure. If my flaws lead me on a path to destruction, will you lift me up again? Will you still love me unconditionally, even if I crucify you for pointing out my flaws?
Songs of unity, are usually those that help empower the people, who want us to come together. This is not a feeling you can fake. A lot of times, we do have to act on our own ‘divisiveness’, to see how bad it hurts the people around us, & ourselves; but “..don’t give up the fight, you’ve got to stand up for your rights.” Who said that? 😀 For this portion, I will choose, Panic at the Disco’s This is Gospel. This song targets the indoctrinated social standards, that have been forced on society, when it comes to religious beliefs, taboos, and overall personal image. Being part of one religion, does not mean that another lacks sound doctrine. Also, that those with a not-so-squeaky clean image, are very capable of doing more for society than we think; and that those with the purest image, may not be so pure. The band wants us to know, that we all have a path to greatness, despite our messy choices. As well, that no matter what our elders have planned for us, we still need to live our lives.
Thanks so much!
Some (just some) songs I recommend to be aware:
DJ RV – Dancehall of War 2014
DJ Narcos – Roots Rockers Reggae Selection
Reggae Therapy With Bob Marley @432hz
James Brown – The Good Foot
System of a Down – Aerials –also B.Y.O.B.
Ceas Rock – Zero Gravity
Jane’s Addiction – Just Because
Kid Ink – Money and the Power
Pink Floyd – Time —-also Money
Love and Rockets – Ball of Confusion
Jedi Mind Tricks – I Against I —–also Heavenly Divine
Melissa Auf der Maur – 1000 years
Odessa – Breathe
Billy Talent – Red Flag